Saturday, June 17, 2017


• Affection • Anger • Angst  • Anguish • Annoyance • Anticipation • Anxiety • Apathy • Arousal • Awe • Boredom • Confidence • Contempt • Contentment • Courage • Curiosity • Depression • Desire • Despair • Disappointment • Disgust • Distrust • Ecstasy • Embarrassment • Empathy • Envy • Euphoria • Fear • Frustration • Gratitude • Grief • Guilt • Happiness • Hatred • Hope • Horror • Hostility • Humiliation • Interest • Jealousy • Joy • Loneliness • Love • Lust • Outrage • Panic • Passion • Pity • Pleasure • Pride • Rage • Regret • Remorse • Resentment • Sadness • Saudade • Schadenfreude • Self-confidence • Shame • Shock • Shyness • Sorrow • Suffering • Surprise • Trust • Wonder • Worry

  Emotion is any relatively brief conscious experience characterized by intense mental activity and a high degree of pleasure or displeasure.
  Emotion is often intertwined with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, and motivation.
  Emotions are complex. Emotions are states of feeling that result in physical and psychological changes that influence our behavior. The physiology of emotion is closely linked to arousal of the nervous system with various states and strengths of arousal relating, apparently, to particular emotions. Emotions are also linked to behavioral tendencies declared as good or bad.
  Extroverted people are more likely to be social and express their emotions, while introverted people are more likely to be more socially withdrawn and conceal their emotions.
  Emotion is often the driving force behind motivation, positive or negative.
  In psychology and philosophy, emotion typically includes a subjective, conscious experience characterized primarily by psycho-physiological expressions, biological reactions, and mental states.
  Research on emotions including psychology, neuroscience, endocrinology, medicine, history, sociology, and computer science have not come up with the answer. The numerous theories that attempt to explain the origin, neurobiology, experience, and function of emotions have only fostered more intense research on this topic.
Emotions just come along with us like our voice or breathing. Emotions are there when we go to sleep and infiltrate our dreams. Emotions, no matter how hard we try, cannot be controlled. Laws are made if our emotions get out of control.
A few years ago I feel in love. It might have been love or a mix between lust and infatuation but it was a strong emotion at the time. Unlike when I was a pup and didn’t know any better I’d had crushes defining the results of testosterone rushing through my body as love.
The word ‘love’ is thrown about like ‘dog’ or ‘God’ and has tried to express every emotion in songs, poems, novels, movies and emojis. We love our children, love our country, and love our mother but not so sure about our dads. We love our work, we love our deities, and we love our phones but not so sure about our comments.
Back to the story, I had all the symptoms. I wake up in the morning and think about her. I would go to sleep thinking about her. I would go over and over silly comments and try to analysis what they really meant. I mailed Valentine cards.
Now all of this seems like the emotion associated with the ‘love’ we all associate with but there was one added element.
Logic raised it’s ugly head and revealed that the titillation, depression, ecstasy, and every other rollercoaster ride my emotions were on, I couldn’t act on them and knew full well the consequences. Reality overrode fantasy.
I enjoyed that time, as emotions fade and we move on with life, but the moon was much fuller and the night air was cooler and every song had a hidden meaning. It did give me some better understanding of previous relationships. Not a mid-life crisis since I’ve long passed that stage in the timeline, but it was during a period of stress.
Thank you emotions. You make our dull existence interesting.

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